Nahuatl dialects

r. joe campbell campbel at
Tue Jan 21 19:15:31 UTC 2003

   I didn't mention stress, but stress in these dialects is the same as in
most dialects of modern Nahuatl (and in "classical" Nahuatl, except for
the vocative, which had final stress):  stress is penultimate, i.e., it
falls on the second syllable from the end of the word.  The stressed
syllable is louder and higher in pitch than other syllables in the word.

Best regards,


On Mon, 20 Jan 2003, Matthew Montchalin wrote:

> |   In the light of the recent interest shown in variation in Nahuatl
> |dialects, I wanted to contribute a small sample which shows how words
> |which are basically similar can differ because of certain pronunciation
> |"habits" (which linguists call "rules" -- descriptions of regularities).
> Fascinating post, but I confess my ignorance this point regarding the
> issue of syllabic stress.  Do any of the dialects have syllabic stress,
> and where does the 'accent' fall in them?  Does the past tense marker
> have any effect on the location of the syllabic stress?
> Or are the polysyllabic constructions to be uttered in a staccato
> manner, each syllable uniformly stressed, like every other?

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